Ethics for Public Managers

ISBN-10: 0275938476
ISBN-13: 9780275938475
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List price: $31.95
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, LLC
Publication date: 3/30/1991
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Interest in ethics within the field of public administration has grown steadily since the late 1970s. Harold Gortner focuses on public administration ethics theory and how it applies to the lives of managers operating in the middle ranges of public bureaucracy. Using a general review of the literature on public administration ethics and a comparison of that literature to the real-life experiences of civil service managers, he categorizes the literature and measures its "relevance" to the thought processes, decisions, and actions of individuals within a bureaucracy. According to Gortner, the literature on public administration can be divided into five meaningful categories: philosophical discussions of ethics; professional aspects of ethics; personal characteristics and their influence on ethics; organizational dynamics and their influence on ethics; and legal aspects of ethics. Because an understanding of these five approaches to public administration is helpful in understanding the arguments that are presented, each is discussed at some length within the volume. Gortner then examines these categories in light of the real-life experiences of public managers, thereby helping the reader to understand which of the various ethical arguments are most meaningful to practicing managers, and why those particular approaches are useful or applicable to their ethical dilemmas. Gortner's effort to balance theory and practice will interest scholars and practitioners of public administration alike.

Harold F. Gortner is professor emeritus of government and politics at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. Dr. Gortner's research and teaching interests are in the areas of organization theory, public administration ethics, public management, and Canadian politics. In addition to holding administrative positions at the university, he has worked in state government agencies and taught in and consulted with foreign universities. Other publications include ADMINISTRATION IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR and ETHICS FOR PUBLIC MANAGEMENT, along with articles and chapters in a variety of public administration journals and anthologies.

Preface
Ethics and Public Managers The Gordian Knot Still Tied
Ethics and the Public Manager Looking in the Mirror Comfortably
Personal Aspects of Ethical Dilemmas Ethics and the Law Looking at the Deeper Questions
Culture and Values Organizational Dynamics: The Manager's Environment Professions
Professionalism, and Ethics Analyzing and Resolving Ethical Dilemmas
Appendix: Research Methodology and Interview Instruments
Bibliography
Index

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